Silicon Valley Space Business Roundtable Hosts Aerospace Reception-Silicon Valley Campus - Carnegie Mellon University

Silicon Valley Space Business Roundtable Hosts Aerospace Reception-Silicon Valley Campus - Carnegie Mellon University

Silicon Valley Space Business Roundtable Hosts Aerospace Reception

On October 20, 2010, the Silicon Valley Space Business Roundtable (SVSBR) hosted an evening reception and networking event with a keynote presentation by Dr. Peter Diamandis, Chairman and CEO of the X-Prize Foundation. The event was attended by over 75 guests out of the aerospace industry, the Silicon Valley entrepreneurial and investment community, students of local universities, as well as government representatives.

"I'm pleased to participate in the SVSBR," said Florian Selch, a Space-Life-Sciences Researcher at Carnegie Mellon Silicon Valley, and Managing Director of SVSBR. “This is a great platform for aerospace-related researchers and students to comingle with Silicon Valley entrepreneurs and investors exchanging new ideas and insights about current opportunities.” Over the last 5 years, Mr. Selch has participated in several Astro- and Space Biology projects including two space-flown NASA experiments, FIT and ICE-FIRST. His current research focuses on nanosatellite research and development for biological payloads such cyanobacteria and algae.

During Dr. Diamandis’s captivating presentation, “The Best Way to Predict the Future is to Create it Yourself,” he mesmerized the audience with a recap of the $10 million Ansari X PRIZE for private spaceflight, a status overview of the Google Lunar X PRIZE, as well as the potential for asteroid mining to drive the future expansion of private space exploration.

Dr. Diamandis also presented his audience with spectacular video footage of two other organizations he co-founded: the Rocket Racing League, a new 21st century sport with contestants racing each other in rocket propelled planes; and Zero G, a company providing parabolic flights to experience weightlessness inside an airplane. Diamandis shared one of his most memorable moments from onboard the Zero G jet which involved providing Professor Stephen Hawking, the world renowned theoretical physicist suffering from neuro-muscular dystrophy, with the opportunity to experience the freedom of weightlessness inside a Zero G jet.